July 6, 2018 Subject:
Su94- Chicago N1
Let's All Be Cheerful is actually pretty far from it - i.e., cheerful - and I think he's wrong, too, about this show. Definitely not "El Stinko." I agree with secret8476 from the other stream review board: Not sure why so many bad reviews of this show? This is definitely among the better of 94 shows, sharing the 23rd "favorite tape" slot in deadbase with 2/27, 6/17, 8/4, and 10/13, garnering 8 votes.
All in all, it's a fair, especially for 94, show. Jerry sounds good, staying on it throughout pretty much all of the first set. Better than expected Sugaree. Always dig Lazy River Road, perfect for this twilight time of his and the band's storied career and life. Bobby on acoustic Masterpiece is sweet, as is the BEW and Cassidy closer. Digging the mid-jam on Cassidy, Garcia plays with that darker tone a la Days Between. As I mentioned, he's with them the whole way through.
LSD makes for a cool second set opener- actually only time ever played as opener. Last played 47 show prior on 12/13/93 which might account for some of the lyrical mumbling early in the song...well, perhaps. Samba follows, just the eighth time played. Sheesh. They'd play this practically every second or third night until the final version on 7/9/95. Although I gotta say Jerry sounds really groovy-salsa-ey with the midi around 5 mins on. Not bad, I think it's actually pretty neat. Playing that follows is OK, but the highlight is the Terrapin->D/S->O1->Wharf Rat. Terrapin has a six minute exit jam and segues into a 30 minute drums/space set. The space has a minimalist free jazz feel and gets spooky at times. Other One is solid and goes into a well-done and executed Wharf Rat. Sat Night closer. Knockin' encore is heart-wrenching. Garcia played these Dylan songs solidly, emotively, all the way to the end. But alas, it was just "getting too dark to see...."
July 23, 2014 Subject:
Twenty years done come and gone my oh my!
Wow twenty years...where does the time go!
This is actually a very well played show for '94, with every tune showing up nicely and the only real clunker being Samba.
First set starts off with a rocking Picasso followed by a very well jammed Sugaree. Jerry sings and plays with passion, an effort he continues for most of the show. This version of Minglewood is BONA-FIDE! Bobby is really digging in and Jerry plays some nice slide while the drummers rock out. Although it didn't come off well live, this is a very sweet Lazy River Road with Jerry playing the with that "acoustic" tone. This is a very pleasant tune but just didn't have what it takes to hold the attention of a full stadium of partiers. Good Masterpiece with Bobby playing a real acoustic. Spunky Brown Eyed Woman finds Jerry playing and singing with vigor.
This Cassidy is the highlight of the show for me. With a spiraling jam that makes this a showcase version of this classic tune. The reviewer below that is disappointed that they close the set is missing out on a powerhouse Cassidy.
I'm not a big fan of Lucy or Samba and if they had played a killer Scarlet>Fire or something instead this would be a five star show. Oh well, cant have it all... This Playin is good but pales in comparison to the one at Deer Creek on 7-19, one of the best from modern times and the longest of '94 by over five minutes. The Terrapin that follows is powerful and majestic tho with a nice jam afterword. Decent Other One leads into picture perfect Wharf Rat with Jerry's voice conveying the emotion of the lyric perfectly. An expected but rockin Saturday Night closes.
The encore is a poignant Heavens Door.
This is one of the better shows I saw in '94 and if it had a better second set opener I would give it five stars, but as it is its a very solid four.
August 26, 2011 Subject:
I really like this one. Sound is great, and the music is great. Playin' is a little short, but they pick up the theme a bit after Terrapin. Vince misses the cues, and keeps on his track... that's Vince.
Speaking of Vince, I probably improved my source a bit by discarding Samba in the Rain. I recently heard one that surprised me, with Jerry getting most of the parts right. But I'm not a fan of the song, and the set flows really good without it.
I disagree about the Jerry flubbing his way through the Playin' jam. I thought he took a very listenable, tasteful path.
Let's All Be Cheerful -
August 25, 2011 Subject:
First set is OK, but the second set is a clunker. The PITB is one of the worst ever, and Jerry's playing is clams casino. Space runs 26 minutes -- nice pissbreak if you have to go four times.
Reviewer:spirit of eden
April 15, 2009 Subject:
Very high energy affair
This is a kick a** show . It was my 2nd GD show attended .
Cassidy stands out very nicely in this monitor SBD version. As does the entire show , but Playin and Terapin play loud , as the playing is outstanding . Especially the post terrapin jam ; some of the finest , solid and more mature stuff ive heard of this band in the 90 s . It sounds like a sonic cosmic wave of sound that belongs in the heavens ( neat description , eh ? }.
This show , or a collection of summer 1994 - would be more appropriate - would be a sweet vault release project in part by the band